Childhood obesity is a growing concern in Alabama, but each year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama grants funding to schools across the state to keep kids healthy. CBS-8 takes a look at how one school in Butler County is now being given a helping hand to get kids active.
$10 thousand dollars -- that's how much ten schools were awarded to get kids moving more and eating healthier foods. And one of those schools is in Greenville.
This is how you usually imagine kids spending their PE hour. But in a few weeks, Greenville Middle Schoolers will be rolling into a new curriculum. And it involves what many people think would hurt a health program -- video games.
"I think it's going to be cool because we get to get in shape and play games at school, so it's going to be fun," Said GMS fifth grader, Jadakiss Anderson.
It's all thanks to a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, which funds nutritional education and physical activities both at school and at home. PE teacher, Ronald Bogan, says there's no better way to engage kids in more physical education then by bringing their home life to school. And that means, students will be seeing a lot more technology during their PE period.
"The equipment we plan on buying is the Wii gaming systems to give kids the opportunity to bowl, box, fish, motorcross racing, a variety of things. Another part of the equipment that we're going to buy is the platforms. Dance platforms," Said GMS PE teacher, Ronald Bogan.
As for nutrition, students can say goodbye to fried foods and hello to more color on their plates.
"We want them to eat, one thing, is fresh fruit and vegetables that we're offering now," Said GMS Principal Curtis Black.
One of the big things the school is trying to do is also get parents involved. School officials tell CBS-8 they'll hold multiple nights throughout the year, where families can join in on various physical and nutritional activities. They say they'll start implementing the program into their curriculum in about three weeks.